1. e4 Nf6
At some point I said that the Alekhine was a poor black choice, worse than the Spanish, Sicilian, Caro-Kann, French, Pirc, Modern and even than the Scandinavian, let's see if you don't make me eat my words!
I have no idea which line I'm gonna play. You also have many choices.
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5
> I played this move because I am uncomfortable with the positions arising from the alternatives.
Heh, I can say the same about my move choices! Specially about 4.c4 in the positions that didn't transpose.
I've been mainly discarding white moves as soon as I see you could equalize, though I think that's just a matter of time
Anyway, I have the chance to push this pawn, so I won't miss it!
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 dxe5 5. Nxe5 c6 6. Be2 Bf5 7. g4
That’s a very committing move on your part.
Yeah, just watching you move that was worth g4
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 dxe5 5. Nxe5 c6 6. Be2 Bf5 7. g4 Be6 8. f4
I wonder if Nelson could tell us how far away are we from novelty territory
Although my position looks a bit funny I feel like I have achieved the Alekhine goal, in that I have provoked you to overextend your pawns. I was about to go to bed so I won't move now, even though I may only have one move.
What do main engines say here (I cannot check it out right now)?
I have some doubts about 7.g4, though. Maybe it is the stronger move, although it certainly does not fit my style, I could not play it.
Good luck to you both!
> What do main engines say here (I cannot check it out right now)?
Main engines are all over the place, at least on the five main moves, f4, O-O, Nd3, c4 and b3, I think you can convince them that any of these moves is best if you analyze long enough, but I didn't bother as I found the move I wanted to play.
> I have some doubts about 7.g4, though. Maybe it is the stronger move
The thing is I think the positions are draw with perfect play, that is, if I could analyze the main positions from the start for years and years, g4 and the other options would all be 0.00, so objectively g4 isn't any worse. Score wise, I took a hit by playing it, but engines overrate white's chances in the Alekhine anyway. I did really play it so I could see Christian playing Be6, in several variations his dark Bishop just stays there for a long while and his queen side Knight ends in awkward squares. Also, I'd say both his sides will probably end basically destroyed with no "safe" place for his king. That's some kind of revenge after our first game where I played the opening poorly (not that Christian has done so, but I'd probably have played differently the opening against another player).
Thanks for the comments and for following the game José!
Position was first seen in Almasi-Luther, 1/2-1/2, Bundesliga 0203, 2002.10.19. Most recently it was in a CEGT 40/4 game between Amyan 1.72-Hermann 2.5, 1/2-1.2, 2011.10.09. And many times in-between those two points.
> I know what you're thinking Uly.
I am thinking:
"I hope to make your f8 Bishop look as silly as my c8 Bishop looked in our first game."
Was that it?
Because, 9.f5 didn't work at all, and I have planned to try to attempt to win this game, not just push your Bishops to the bottom or something.
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 dxe5 5. Nxe5 c6 6. Be2 Bf5 7. g4 Be6 8. f4 f6 9. Nd3
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 dxe5 5. Nxe5 c6 6. Be2 Bf5 7. g4 Be6 8. f4 f6 9. Nd3 Na6
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 dxe5 5. Nxe5 c6 6. Be2
Bf5 7. g4 Be6 8. f4 f6 9. Nd3 Na6 10. Nc3
>I can't ask for more than being a 58% favorite
Does it really work like that?
You are now in a position seen only three times before. White has had two wins and one draw. First seen in Barsteward, Fritz 11-Escape2Artist, Rybka 2.3.2.a, 1-0, 2008.05.31.
Being 83.3% favorite after 10 moves
If you weren't playing the game, and just happened to find the position, would you really say that black is in better shape than white?
Well, I'm talking about potential future positions in where all your pieces are developed doing nothing, would love to reach them.
> considerably weakened his kings position
I haven't seen a single line in where it could be attacked, though.
> and not following 30 moves of book
I also never checked book since 5...c6
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